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Park Rapids Wellspring for the World holds second annual fundraiser


The Park Rapids Chapter of Wellspring for the World is inviting the Park Rapids community to its 2nd year of Turning Wine Into Water.

This wine tasting event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids. A free will donation is suggested at the door. Juice tasting is also available.

Wellspring is a non-profit organization with a single mission of providing safe drinking water for the people of the world.

Wellspring-Park Rapids board member Joyce Cowman said she was moved by the need for clean water in developing countries in Africa.

"We just take it for granted that we have clean water every day," she said. "The children, especially, are dying."

She has been helping to spread the word about Wellspring for the World in the community and has been impressed by the response.

"It just amazes me to think about how much has been donated in just a year," Cowman said.

Wellspring-Park Rapids Chapter was formed just 14 months ago and has already received donations to complete 14 wells for Wellspring for the World.

With 14 new wells, Wellspring-Park Rapids has already given more than 5,000 children and adults the benefit of safe, clean water for the first time; over $74,500 has been received since the summer of 2011.

A complete well costs $15,660. This includes drilling, maintenance, education and supervision to insure a long, productive life of the well. Two national foundations match dollar for dollar every gift to Wellspring and thereby bring the donation cost of a new well to $5,220.

World Vision is Wellspring's international partner. World Vision workers help in identifying, drilling and maintaining the wells in Africa. It is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

"It's quite an organization and I want people to at least hear about it and have the facts so they can consider a donation to help someone have clean water," Cowman said. "These mothers are unable to do anything for their children and this can help them."

Wellspring-Park Rapids has nine area people who make up the governing Leadership Council: Doug Bakken, Eileen Bolton, Joyce Cowman, Jack Derr, Sharon Gorden, Cathy Peterson, Genell Poitras, Steve Steinborn and Carl Wall.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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